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It’s Almost Love As LOV.COM Tops Sales Chart

Domain Name Journal logoThe three-letter domain lov.com topped the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 2 November, selling for a lovely $91,800 through NameJet.

Coming in second and third were rsr.com and coin.org, both selling for $75,000 through Heritage Auctions and Domain Guardians respectively. And sponsored.com came in fourth, selling for $50,200 through Flippa.

Overall there were 30 .com sales in the chart covering two weeks. There was also one each for .org, .in, .ch, .co, .de, .biz, .es, .eu, .com.au and .club.

And on the aftermarket outlets there were 18 sales through Sedo, 12 through NameJet and four through Flippa.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 2 November, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141112.htm.

IG.COM Sells For A Whopping $4.7m

Domain Name Journal logoThe year-to-date’s biggest reported domain name sale was finalised in the fortnight to 8 September, with ig.com selling for a massive $4.7 million in a sale brokered by Igloo and Marcus Kocak according to Domain Name Journal’s list of weekly (but this week it’s a fortnight) sales. The sale is more than double the year’s second biggest sale, 114.com, which sold for $2.1m in July. They are the only two reported seven-figure sales so far in 2013.

The sale makes every other seem inconsequential, but taking out second place for the week was 3C.com which sold for a modest but still very attractive $140,000 through SuccessClick and Domain Guardians, while dumpsters.com came third, selling for $110,000 through DNBiz while another six-figure sale came in fourth with deco.com selling for $100,000 through Sedo.

Overall Sedo took out eight of the top 40 sales for the fortnight, Afternic seven including one in conjunction with their new owner GoDaddy Auctions who were responsible for another three sales. But DomainNameSales was responsible for the most sales in a week with a wide range of marketplaces with ten sales.

On the TLD side, .com took out the first 16 sales and 35 of the top 40, while there were two .net sales on the chart and one each for .tv, .org and .com.au.

To check out the list of top reported sales for the fortnight to 8 September compiled by Domain Name Journal, go to:

Key Australian Capital City Domains Up For Sale

Domain Guardians logoDomain names for four of Australia’s capital cities have gone been listed for sale.

Sydney.com.au, melbourne.com.au, brisbane.com.au and adelaide.com.au have been listed for sale, as well as auction.com.au, at namesell.com with the sale being brokered by Domain Guardians.

The domains are offered for sale as a bundle, as groupings of one or more, or as individual domains and come up for sale prior to the launch of the top level domains .sydney and .melbourne, which the state governments of New South Wales and Victoria have applied for respectively.

Mike Robertson from Domain Guardians said the sale presents an opportunity for a major player to own the commercial domain names mirroring four of Australia’s five largest capital cities.

“These domains/websites could provide a local entity or leading international corporation with a unique opportunity to become the dominant online player in Australia.

The sites are owned by companies involving three partners – former journalist Rod Ashcroft, businessman Michael Tancredi and It-specialist Phill Bertolus, reported The Australian newspaper.

Mr Tancredi told the paper that the trio originally bought the domain names around 1995-96 for “no sale price”. They had been developed as basic tourism sites.

“There is no other situation in the world where a company or individual owns 85% of the country’s capital city domains,”said Robertson. In the US, most leading corporations are lucky to own one two capital city domain names.

“Sydney.com.au is the No.1 ranked website in the Google.com.au search results when you search on the word ‘sydney’.

Mr Robertson said sydney.com.au and melbourne.com.au are lightly developed as tourism websites and already generate attractive revenue streams.

He said there is huge scope to broaden the websites to include residential and commercial property sales, car sales, job listings, auctions, travel, tourism, accommodation and entertainment and make these the stand-out websites for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

“All traffic coming to the site is organic and free – grown from strategically placed backlinks dating back to the ’90s. The owners have never spent a cent driving traffic to sydney.com.au or any of the other city domain websites. “

For auction.com.au, Mr Robertson said the domain name is for sale, either as part of a bundle with the city websites or as a separate sale.

“The domain name auction.com.au, commercially developed, could be one of the biggest online sales platforms in Australia.